Hurricane Willa intensifies as 'life-threatening' storm on path to Mexico
- Author: Joe Gonzales Oct 23, 2018,
Oct 23, 2018, 0:18
The NHC said Willa is expected to strike just south of Mazatlan, a popular beach resort, and several other tourist destinations are also in the storm's path.
It had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and the centre of the storm would likely "remain just offshore or near the southern coast of Mexico through Tuesday morning", according to the NHC. "Willa is an extremely impressive hurricane in infrared and visible satellite imagery this morning", he said.
The hurricane center said it could make landfall along Mexico's southwestern coast Tuesday afternoon or evening and bring with it a life-threatening storm surge - especially near and to the south of where the center of Willa makes landfall.
Willa is "expected to produce life-threatening storm surge, wind and rainfall over portions of west-central and southwestern Mexico".
The NHC classifies major hurricanes as those Category 3 and above.
Looking at an ensemble forecast (pictured below), there is still considerable spread in the potential locations of the low - all those small Ls on the map represent the end position of each ensemble member.
While Vicente is expected to weaken to a tropical depression by Tuesday, it could produce major rainfall and the risk of flash floods and landslides, the NHC said. Earlier forecast models showed that Willa's remnants could make it to southern Texas by the end of the week.
It's now lashing out maximum sustained winds of about 130mph.
A new storm system will develop along an old stalled-out front and travel from the northern Gulf Coast through the Southeast on Thursday and Friday, according to the Post.
Hurricane-force winds extended 45 kmfrom the storm's center, and tropical storm-force winds were up to 1650 km out. Its current intensity is slightly more than Hurricane Michael's when it made landfall in Florida's Panhandle less than two weeks ago.
A hurricane watch has been issued from San Blas to Mazatlan and north of Mazatlan to Bahia Tempehuaya.
Authorities told CNN on October 20 that another woman was found dead in Bay County, Florida, bringing the death toll to 26 in the state.
Officials didn't reveal details of the woman's death.